Ask Dr Claire

My 14 month old German Shepherd has developed a black spot on his tongue, it’s not raised or bothering him- it’s like a freckle. Should I be concerned?

Pigmentation of the tongue is quite common in dogs, and they can develop pigmented spots later in life.

Spots of pigmentation are not raised or ulcerated, they are flat and they don’t grow.

Any pigmentation should be monitored. Taking a picture and keeping records of it’s size is a really good way to help monitor.

If the spot is raised or ulcerated, or changes in size or shape, it could be something more dangerous such as a cancer on the tongue. Biopsy is needed to reach a definitive diagnosis of the spot.

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Dr Claire

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